I had an extremely busy year last year (I work at a community college) and this year I have purposely pulled back from activities outside of my teaching, prepping and marking responsibilities.
I’m past chair on a committee that I had chaired last year but I’ve been pretty quiet, adding support when asked but not taking on anything.
I sit on the daycare board where my kids have before and after school care and I do volunteer a bit for the school parent council (our version of the PTA).
It has been much needed rest. At my institution we teach in intensive blocks and the first 8 weeks of the college year were intense. I’m now teaching courses that are basic and don’t change much year to year.
I find myself getting restless and thinking about what to take on. I’m not sure what that will look like. I’ve found as I’ve pulled back, I feel out of the loop although there is not too much going on that I’m missing out on. I think I’m just getting restless for maybe changing things up but I don’t know if I have the energy to deal with all the office politics.
I’m not sure there is going to be a full point here. I’ve realized that to figure out my future, I need to start getting some thoughts out of my head and here is a good place to start.
I would like to shift my career but I’m not sure how or what yet but here is the seed. I have no idea what will grow!